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National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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The National Key Deer Refuge is a 8542acre National Wildlife Refuge located on Big Pine Key and No Name Key in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida.The refuge is home to the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the White-tailed deer that is endemic to the Florida Keys and has a current population of around 800 animals. 21 other threatened and endangered species of plants and animals are also found on the refuge, which includes 2400acre of upland forests, 5100acre of wetlands, and 1050acre of marsh. 2278acre of the refuge have been designated as a wilderness area.Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Great White Heron NWR, and Key West NWR are administered by the National Key Deer Refuge.
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  • There are signs everywhere to warn people about the deer. You must drive your car slow and at night even slower. So the little guys have a chance if they cross the road. Please be aware. We drove all ...  read more »
  • I have to stop and visit the deer on each trip to the keys! Such amazing animals. The opportunity to see such a rare creature up close... Just arrive at dawn or dusk and drive the quiet streets and yo...  read more »
  • We saw several Key Deer...even the cutest baby deer! When driving through Key Deer you have to use great caution because the deer just run across the road. They are awesome to see. 
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